Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day in Juneau

Contact(s): Paul Robbins Jr.

JUNEAU, Alaska, May 4, 2018 – Juneau residents and visitors are invited to a World Migratory Bird Day celebration Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Juneau Community Garden. The event was organized by the U.S. Forest Service Juneau Ranger District with help from the Juneau Audubon Society and the Juneau Community Garden Association.

Weather permitting, attendees may have an opportunity to witness songbird banding. A licensed biologist will fit birds with individually numbered bands, then measure, weigh, and safely release the birds. This will provide participants an opportunity to see birds up-close and learn how scientists study them. Heavy rain and gales will cancel bird capture, but experts will still be on hand for bird viewing and kid’s educational birding activities.

Past attendees of International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) events will note there has been a name change. IMBD was initiated in 1993 by bird conservationists to increase awareness and appreciation of migratory birds. Now, it has merged with events outside of the Americas, for an even more international celebration of birds. Currently, the nonprofit Environment for the Americas has registered approximately 1200 events in 40 countries. The Tongass National Forest has participated for more than 21 years.

The Tongass National Forest, with much of its 17 million acres covered in vast forests, commonly hosts approximately 20 species of songbirds through the summer that regularly migrate long distances from their wintering zones in Contiguous United States and Latin America.

The activity will take place at Juneau Community Garden (off Montana Creek Road) between 8-10:30 a.m. at the large pavilion. The program is family-friendly and free of charge. Participants can stop by any time during the morning. 

For more information contact Gwen Baluss at the Juneau Ranger District, 907-789-6222 or gbaluss@fs.fed.us

You can also visit this website: http://www.migratorybirdday.org/

For interviews and information to be used for publication, contact the Tongass Public Affairs Officer at 907-228-6201.

An Orange-crowned Warbler sits on a branch

Orange-crowned Warbler, courtesy of Gwen Baluss, USFS.





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